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Wooter

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« on: 09-02-2005 17:29 »

As you may know video game movies have a shaky past. However, there seems to be quite a few coming out. There is of course Doom (which has lamely been turned into just another zombie movie, from what I've read.) But, there are more. Uwe Boll (the guy who made Alone In The Dark and House Of The Dead), is currently working on five different videogame based movies. He is making Dungeon Siege, Far Cry, Hunter: The Reconing, Postal, and BloodRayne.
What do you think about video game based movies?
David A

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« Reply #1 on: 09-02-2005 18:44 »

 
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Originally posted by Wooter:
Hunter: The Reckoning

Just to nitpick: that particular video game was based on a role-playing game, so if they make a movie based on Hunter: The Reckoning it wouldn't technically be a video game movie.  (That is, unless the movie had the characters from the video game, which would actually be pretty cool, now that I think about it.)

Anyway, to answer the thread topic, the only video game movie that I can remember having seen is Resident Evil: Apocalypse.  You can read my review of it here.
Wooter

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« Reply #2 on: 09-02-2005 19:00 »

Oh, well I was just going on what was written in this month's Computer Gaming World. That's pretty much where I get all my video game information, including the following.

The plot for the Dungeon Seige movie is a farmer named Farmer is out to stop the Krug who have kidnapped his wife and murdered hi son. Cast includes Burt Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman, John Rhys-Davies, Jason Statham, Matthew Lillard, and Clair Forlani.

You know what game would make a good movie? No One Lives Forever.
David A

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« Reply #3 on: 09-02-2005 19:34 »

I just thought of another video game movie that I've seen: Super Mario Brothers.

We need more movies based on video games from the 80s.  I would totally go to see a movie based on Maniac Mansion.
Professor Zoidy

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« Reply #4 on: 09-02-2005 19:53 »

What abou Galaga? That may prove somewhat interesting, or Space Invaders
DotheBartman

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« Reply #5 on: 09-02-2005 20:09 »
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They're just bad ideas in general.  As much as I love video gaming, very, very few video games have quality stories, or concepts that could support a quality film. Novels frequently work as movies because they have actual developed storylines, characters and ideas to base the movies on.  Not so with pretty much any video game. Once the video game medium evolves enough that we frequently have quality stories in games, sure, game movies might work, but we're nowhere near that stage yet.

And Super Mario Bros. was horrible.  Goes without saying.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #6 on: 09-02-2005 20:49 »
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And though I loved it, Tomb Raider wasn't a fav of the critics. If I'm not mistaken it was really only a fav of the fans of the game. Bummer   frown.
Nerd-o-rama

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« Reply #7 on: 09-02-2005 21:24 »

I've already done the whole "you know what I'm going to say here" bit, so I'll just come out and say Metal Gear (Solid).  In fact, I believe the project is in the works, thanks in large part to the tremendous street cred of VA David Hayter, who has been on Marvel's payroll for several of their recent and upcoming films.

This is a set of games that could be utterly kickass movies with just a bit of trimming.  Personally, I'll go and see it no matter how lame it ends up looking.  As long as Kurt Russell gets a cameo, of course.
Idan_Aharoni

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« Reply #8 on: 09-02-2005 21:41 »

Resident Evil, the first one, wasn't that bad.
The second was ok too, but for some reason the fighting-in-the-big-city-with-huge-monsters seemed more like a long Xena episode in terms of production values. It was a nice DVD movie, nothing more.

I've seen the trailer of Doom and was horrified to find out there is some parts in "first person shooter view" with the gun at the side and everything. I mean, WTF?

You forgot to mention other projects such as Silent Hill (sounds like its going to be a snoozer horror movie, just like the game) and ofcourse, Halo.
I'm a huge Halo fan and I'm kinda worried about that one...
With all do respect, the Halo universe isn't large enough to sustain it's own movie... lets up the salary that Microsoft paid the writer of the movie's script (1 million dollars) will be worth it.
Wooter

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« Reply #9 on: 09-02-2005 21:51 »

Two words. Grim Fandango.

And no, I didn't forget to mention them, I just didn't know about them.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #10 on: 09-03-2005 00:33 »

Isn't Uwe Boll universally despised among the gaming community?

Nobody's mentioned Wing Commander yet.

@Idan: You kidding me, right?  Not enough to sustain a movie?  You mean to tell me you can't squeeze two hours of entertainment out of the three books and two games?  The backstory of the SPARTAN project, the mystery of the Forerunners, the Covenant structure and hierarchy, space battles, land battles, and genuine space zombie fun?
Zogonif

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« Reply #11 on: 09-03-2005 02:31 »
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Originally posted by Wooter:
Uwe Boll (the guy who made Alone In The Dark and House Of The Dead), is currently working on five different videogame based movies. He is making Dungeon Siege, Far Cry, Hunter: The Reconing, Postal, and BloodRayne.
What do you think about video game based movies?

I've seen the trailer for that bloodrayne its looks shit

 
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Originally posted by Idan_Aharoni:
Resident Evil, the first one, wasn't that bad.
The second was ok too, but for some reason the fighting-in-the-big-city-with-huge-monsters seemed more like a long Xena episode in terms of production values. It was a nice DVD movie, nothing more.

There's news of another 3 RE movies coming and they're starting off fresh this second time around
Gocad

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« Reply #12 on: 09-03-2005 04:24 »

 
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Originally posted by Wooter:
Uwe Boll (the guy who made Alone In The Dark and House Of The Dead), is currently working on five different videogame based movies. He is making Dungeon Siege, Far Cry, Hunter: The Reconing, Postal, and BloodRayne.
What do you think about video game based movies?

As long as they are made by that guy they are doomed to be a POS.
Dungeon Siege? They are turning that into a movie? Oh my.   evil laugh

If you think about it, Alien vs. Predator is also a videogame based movie. Although the comics came first, it was the sales of the videogames that convinced FOX to give the go-ahead to do this one.
Bushmeister

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« Reply #13 on: 09-03-2005 05:23 »

 
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Originally posted by Wooter:
Two words. Grim Fandango.

And no, I didn't forget to mention them, I just didn't know about them.

I think that if it could be pulled off, then a Grim Fandango film would be pretty sweet, although given it's setting it might turn into one of those Sky Captain affairs, with everything done in CGI and that could turn out either very bad or rather good. It wouldn't take too much to convert it into a film either and given how much it refers to other classic noir films, it would porbably be well received by serious film fans. However given the recent spate of very poor video game films, I'd rather wait until a talented director took some interest in the project (wanting to make it because the game genuinely grabbed him, rather than because the film studio just wants him to make money). If they did do a film, I also hope that they'd keep the soundtrack from the game, or at least hire the same guy to do a new one. If they didn't, then I can't imagine any film adaptation having an atmosphere anywhere near as immersive as the game.
Zogonif

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« Reply #14 on: 09-03-2005 07:03 »
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If you think about it, Alien vs. Predator is also a videogame based movie. Although the comics came first, it was the sales of the videogames that convinced FOX to give the go-ahead to do this one.

The AVP movie is allright not exactly the best one of the best movies around. one thing paul anderson is good at is making action scenes but when it comes to character development he fails
Spy

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« Reply #15 on: 09-03-2005 07:15 »

Hi
Zogonif

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« Reply #16 on: 09-03-2005 07:16 »

Yea were talking about movies based on Video games
Spy

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« Reply #17 on: 09-03-2005 07:17 »

Sorry to go offtopic. But I just joined.
Gocad

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« Reply #18 on: 09-03-2005 08:17 »
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Good for you.

Still, try to stay ontopic.

Nevertheless, welcome to PEEL.   smile


Aside from that, IMHO most movies based on videogames are basically an attempt to make more cash of a somehow successful title.

the fool

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« Reply #19 on: 09-03-2005 10:15 »
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I'm looking forward to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. That other movie; Final Fantasy - The spirits within, was a bit of a letdown, but this new one is actualy a continuation of the FFVII story. Pictures and trailers if seen so-far are looking really good.
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #20 on: 09-03-2005 10:57 »

There makeing a Silent Hill movie. It's only a matter of time now till they make a BurgerTime movie.
Gocad

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« Reply #21 on: 09-03-2005 12:00 »

 
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Pictures and trailers if seen so-far are looking really good.

I have nothing to add to this statement.   evil laugh
Idan_Aharoni

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« Reply #22 on: 09-03-2005 13:48 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
@Idan: You kidding me, right?  Not enough to sustain a movie?  You mean to tell me you can't squeeze two hours of entertainment out of the three books and two games?  The backstory of the SPARTAN project, the mystery of the Forerunners, the Covenant structure and hierarchy, space battles, land battles, and genuine space zombie fun?

What?! there are Halo books?! I gotta get those!
David A

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« Reply #23 on: 09-03-2005 14:06 »

 
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 What?! there are Halo books?! I gotta get those!

Click here.
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #24 on: 09-03-2005 14:19 »

 
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 What?! there are Halo books?! I gotta get those!

Halo Newb.

I've read them all twice and conversations from the universe. You're going to get scared shitless by the drinol when it comes around...
LLL

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« Reply #25 on: 09-03-2005 14:52 »

I'm looking forward to the Hitman movie and the Grand Theft auto movie.
Idan_Aharoni

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« Reply #26 on: 09-03-2005 16:10 »
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 Halo Newb.

n00b?!

XBConnect! Deathmatch! You and me! just say when!  .... bitch.   smile

Execuse me for not being into merchandizing. Besides, Halo itself isn't exactly advertised in Israel... which is understandable since X-box has never been officially released in this pirating-loving country.


mint

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« Reply #27 on: 09-03-2005 17:04 »

I think I only saw one which is Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001). I think the story is so… so Maybe because I saw too many Asian way of telling stories but I still think it is a good movie and I mainly praise this movie for the technological achievement of animation.

mw

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« Reply #28 on: 09-03-2005 17:12 »

 
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Nobody's mentioned Wing Commander yet.

Man, that one's so great.. everytime I watch it I just chuckle my brains out. Talk about so bad it's good. Nothing at all to do with the games except a few names, of course. And did the Rapier look like an F-86 with its wings chopped off anyway?

"NOW! Give them a broadside!!", coming from the  same actor who plays the sub commander in Das Boot is just so goddamn hilarious...  laff
Zogonif

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« Reply #29 on: 09-04-2005 00:39 »

 
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   n00b?!

XBConnect! Deathmatch! You and me! just say when!  .... bitch.    smile

Execuse me for not being into merchandizing. Besides, Halo itself isn't exactly advertised in Israel... which is understandable since X-box has never been officially released in this pirating-loving country.



If your not a Halo noob then how come you did'nt know about the books
Spy

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« Reply #30 on: 09-04-2005 00:40 »

 
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I'm looking forward to the Hitman movie and the Grand Theft auto movie.

There's a GTA movie? Awesome. I hope it's about San Andreas. I liked Dave Chappeles portrayal of real life Vice City.
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #31 on: 09-04-2005 00:53 »

 
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Originally posted by Idan_Aharoni:
   n00b?!

XBConnect! Deathmatch! You and me! just say when!  .... bitch.    smile

Execuse me for not being into merchandizing. Besides, Halo itself isn't exactly advertised in Israel... which is understandable since X-box has never been officially released in this pirating-loving country.


I'll play you as soon as I get my Xbox back. You certainly are a newb in the storyline which is what I meant in the first place. I doubt you even know for sure if Master Chief is male or not or even Master Chief's name.
Zogonif

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« Reply #32 on: 09-05-2005 05:10 »

 
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There is of course Doom (which has lamely been turned into just another zombie movie, from what I've read.)

Don't believe everything you read on the net (If thats were you read about it)
Idan_Aharoni

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« Reply #33 on: 09-05-2005 09:37 »
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I doubt you even know for sure if Master Chief is male or not or even Master Chief's name.

Your shots are cheaper than your mom, and that is a hard earned position!   smile

As I said, the X-box isn't even officially sold here. Obviously they won't market other merchandises...
And I'm not searching for Halo stuff online. Just waiting 2 weeks for all kind of crap to get here from the US is annoying no matter how cheap it is.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #34 on: 09-05-2005 14:16 »

That's one of the coldest "your mom" cracks I've heard in a while.

Halo storyline details, sans 2-week wait and s&h charges.
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #35 on: 09-05-2005 18:21 »

Bungie.org has a few too many wacko theories amongst the good ones and a few too many people take what is commonly known about the story and tell people that it's their "brand new theory".
Idan_Aharoni

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« Reply #36 on: 09-05-2005 23:57 »

 
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That's one of the coldest "your mom" cracks I've heard in a while.
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Oh yeah?? well.. uhh... umm... your mom!

 
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I'll play you as soon as I get my Xbox back.
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Actually, I'd be happy to play against anyone. But that is for a different thread.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #37 on: 09-06-2005 10:12 »

 
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Bungie.org has a few too many wacko theories amongst the good ones and a few too many people take what is commonly known about the story and tell people that it's their "brand new theory".

That sounds vaguely familiar for some reason ...
newhook_1

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« Reply #38 on: 09-06-2005 13:53 »
« Last Edit on: 09-06-2005 13:53 »

The Metroid movie rights have been bought. Who bought them escapes me at the moment.

Being a fantasy fan, I'd like to see Legend of Zelda, Dragon Warrior, Legacy of Kain, and Warcraft movies.
Zogonif

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« Reply #39 on: 09-09-2005 03:55 »

 
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The Metroid movie rights have been bought. Who bought them escapes me at the moment.

I heard John woo was doing the movie at one time

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